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Zimmer Children’s Museum proudly presents

an annual art exhibit benefitting the zimmer’s youth development program, youTHink April 25 - June 20, 2013


“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.� Albert Camus


This year the theme of the Zimmer’s show&tell exhibit was the “art of giving.” For 9 years, a community of artists and humanitarians have been giving to show&tell. They give sculpture, paintings, photographs, mixed media masterpieces, and they give of themselves. These artists give generously and enthusiastically each year, donating art to benefit the Zimmer’s youth development program, youTHink. The Zimmer Children’s Museum is a museum and youth development organization that empowers young people to shape their lives and those around them for the better. We teach community values and social responsibility to children through fun, interactive exhibits, classes and events. We use art and creativity to help young minds explore new ideas and develop their own. We empower youth, through youTHink, to find their voice and make a positive impact on their communities. We inspire young people to cultivate a social conscience and embrace their responsibility to help make the world a better place. www.zimmermuseum.org www.youthink.org


DAVID ARKY DECIMUS ARCHIVAL INKJET PRINT ON COTTON RAG PAPER (FROM AN EDITION OF 25) 24 x 19 My current image entitled “Decimus” is about giving of time and money for causes near and dear to heart. About the Artist Since the late 1990’s my work has involved the creation of conceptually based images that lay at the intersection of art, technology, and the natural sciences. I take everyday objects and expose them to an x-ray energy source, that reveals their inner strengths and beauty that would otherwise go unnoticed. arky.com


BILL ARON IN GIVING WE TRUST PHOTOGRAPH 27 x 27 Small donations turn into large ones through the act of giving. Otherwise, money becomes confetti. About the Artist My photographs have been exhibited in major museums and galleries throughout the United States, Europe and Israel. My work has also appeared in a wide variety of publications and is found in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Modern Art, The International Center for Photography, The Jewish Museum, The Chicago Art Institute, The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Mississippi Museum of Art, The Skirball Cultural Center, The Museum of American Jewish History, The Israel Museum, in Jerusalem, and the Museum of the Diaspora, in Tel-Aviv. I first gained international recognition for my photographs of Jewish communities around the world. My first book, From The Corners Of The Earth, chronicles the Jewish communities of the former Soviet Union, Cuba, Jerusalem, New York and Los Angeles, and was published, with an introduction by Chaim Potok, by The Jewish Publication Society. Algonquin Books published the second volume of my photographs, Shalom Y’all: Images of Jewish Life in the American South, with an introduction by Alfred Uhry. Two more volumes of my photographs are in preparation: my just completed project, entitled New Beginnings focuses on cancer survivors who have not let a diagnosis of cancer prevent them from living their lives to the fullest. I live in Los Angeles with my wife and two sons, where I am undoubtedly the only freelance photographer with a Ph.D. in sociology. billaron.com


JOHN BALDESSARI HAND (ON/WITH HEARTS) WITH WINNING STREAK (BLUE) 12 COLOR SCREENPRINT 32 X 20 About the Artist John Baldessari was born in National City, California. He attended San Diego State University and did post-graduate work at Otis Art Institute, Chouinard Art Institute and the University of California at Berkeley. He taught at the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA from 1970 - 1988 and the University of California at Los Angeles from 1996 - 2007. Baldessari’s artwork has been featured in more than 200 solo exhibitions and in over 1000 group exhibitions in the U.S. and Europe. His projects include artist books, videos, films, billboards and public works. His awards and honors include memberships in the American Academy of Arts and Letters and in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Americans for the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative, the BACA International 2008, and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement, awarded by La Biennale di Venezia in 2009. He has received honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland, San Diego State University, Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, and California College of the Arts. baldessari.org


TANYA LUCIA BERNARD JUMP PHOTOGRAPHIC C-PRINT 22 x 28 My purpose in art-making is to bring to light that which is obscured by banality, confusion or fear; to pry at the sliver of space between normal and abnormal; to make seen that which is glossed over or shunted. In my work I seek to complicate subjects simplified by stereotypical descriptions and to challenge the popular unwillingness to be in conversation with the layers beneath. Informed by movements for justice and grassroots struggle, my subjects are often the marginalized; the peripheral bodies, landscapes, and moments that buttress our assumptions of the world. In my work I am not out to create a fixed type of change. Rather, my desire is to create mirrors that intensify the tension underlying our responsibility to these marginalized subjects; to exercise the permission that other artists, particularly other artists of color, have given me to be an artist; and to represent the perspectives that are often under represented. About the Artist Tanya Lucia Bernard received her B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Southern California (USC) as a Discovery Scholarship award recipient. Tanya’s primary artistic medium is photography, which she has practiced for over 10 years. For the past two years, as part of her ‘Dinner at My Place’ series, Tanya has hosted art-dinners (at her place) featuring 3 course gourmet culinary works envisioned and executed by her. Recently she teamed up with hotel banquet chef Makhtar Diop to take ‘Dinner at My Place’ to the next level. Tanya is also experimenting with adding a more performative element to her dinners, and in Havana, Cuba she included sound and interactive components to the work in a piece titled, ‘Table Talk.’ Beyond photography and cooking, Tanya also uses printmaking and drawing to execute her artistic ideas.


MELANIE BORINSTEIN HAND-WOVEN CANVAS, RIBBONS, MARKER 72 x 36 The art of giving has been in my family for several generations. My grandma Pearl was famous for her intricately wrapped presents and my mom Joan is known for her detailed and elaborate parties. All the ribbons in this piece come from my grandma’s famous wrapping room and are hand woven to emphasize the careful thought that went behind each of her gifts. Gift is translated into multiple languages to show how that thoughtfulness is universal when we give to others, no matter what that gift may be. About the Artist Melanie Borinstein is nineteen years old and a sophomore at Yale University in Saybrook College. She is a History of Art major and will be an intern at Christie’s in New York this summer. At Yale, she stage manages and graphic designs for Yale theater, is involved in peer counseling, and interns for the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. This is her fourth time participating in the Zimmer Museum’s show&tell exhibit.


BIBI DAVIDSON THE HUG ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 78 x 42 To all the girls out there and to all of us grown up girls that never really became grown. “The Hug” is a reminder of how much fun it is to have a best girlfriend, to share secrets and little silly stories and feel loved. “The Hug” represents the understanding of each other’s hearts. About the Artist One is born to a certain talent and passion, whicheither is in his/her genes, past life or the influence of their environment. At a very early age I observed my surroundings around me and put them on paper, whether it was nature with orange trees and mountains, or the skies. I am drawn especially to people, their faces and their expressions. I love hair. I always paint it as if it’s magnified by a magnified glass, like fresh grass or wheat. I love color and contrast. I have a physical sense of feeling for colors; they affect my brain. A certain color can make me breathe better or feel peace within myself. I love the color red. I love all kinds of blues. I love yellow, green and orange; planning the colors is one of my basic techniques in all my paintings. For years I’d been doddling a character everywhere, in my school books and notebooks, when I talked to people on the phone, on every piece of paper that I had. Some character I thought I didn’t know, but always the same face. All of a sudden I realized that iit was the subject of my art. That it was something I ought to paint. It became a new series which I called “the stories of my life;” it’s all the silly thoughts and dreams and stories of my being, from the past, from the present and from the future. It’s My Girl… it’s me. bibidavidson.com


WILLIAM DEUTSCH TZEDAKAH ARCHIVAL INK ON HAHNEMULE PAPER 14.5 x 12 On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, the Artist has created the following piece entitled ‘Tzedakah’. Drawing on the Jewish tradition of giving a portion of one’s wealth to charity, the work depicts a man dropping his spare change into a tzedakah box. Each year the Jewish community raises millions of dollars to help support to their community as well as the world at large. This image serves as a reminder that the tireless efforts to aid the less fortunate rely upon the actions of each individual. About the Artist Los Angeles-based artist and Six Point Fellow Will Deutsch was raised in Orange County and studied Fine Art at UCLA. His works, which range in medium from paper and paint to glass sculpture to performance, explore themes of identity mediated through cultural institutions. Will is part of the first Los Angeles cohort of The Six Points Fellowship through which he is developing his current body of work collectively titled: Notes From The Tribe. Will has shown at the Koplin Del Rio Gallery, The Santa Monica Museum of Art and New Wight Gallery among others. His work has also been collected by the United States Library of Congress. He is the 2013 Artist In Residence at the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. Professionally, he has served as an artist for TOMS Shoes and his client list includes Tablet, the Jewish Journal, The Jerusalem Post, Haaretz, and The Los Angeles Theatre Center. His art can be seen in books, prints, album covers, t-shirts, newspapers and magazines. heyitswilliam.com


SHARI ELF TIS A GIFT TO BE SIMPLE

OLD AND BROKEN DRESSER FROM MY COLLECTIONS, PIECE OF A CHAIR I TOOK APART, BOTTLE CAPS AND STUFF I FIND ON THE GROUND, WIRE FROM THE YUCCA VALLEY SWAP MEET, LETTERS FROM SUSAN KALLMAN AND OTHER FRIENDS AND EBAY

24 x 16

Regarding the Art of Giving, I believe the greatest gift we can give each other is to love each other. I also believe that learning how to love in a healthy way is a skill that can be developed. I am learning about this in my work with Dr. Pat Allen at her WANT institute in Newport Beach, CA. I have received a certificate from the WANT institute as a trained educator in effective communications strategies. I am offering the gift of a free 30 minute session based on my education from the WANT Institute to anyone who is interested. About the Artist Shari was born in Edmonds, Washington and moved to Maui when she was 10. She graduated from Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington with a BFA but feels her professional education did not damage her creativity too much. Shari is an artist who currently resides in Morongo Valley in the cabin she bought 14 years ago. She has made her living selling her good and sturdy art from trash since 1994. She first sold her works at the flea markets of Los Angeles and now sells most of her works from her website. She is the cofounder of the Art Queen Gallery in Joshua Tree and the curator of the world famous Crochet Museum. In 2003, Shari was a proud presenter at the Ted Conference, and she is also honored to be the 2010 gift artist at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. Other projects include her 2001 debut CD “I’m Forcing Goodness Upon You” and a new CD in the works with her band “the Kittens,” a locally known band inspired by her feral cat, Inky, who keeps her company while she is working. sharielf.com


DANNY FIRST WAIT HERE RECYCLED PLASTIC 32 x 72

About the Artist Danny First has been exploring sculpture for the past five years: first, working in clay and, more recently, in bronze to create whimsical busts. He has also developed a body of work utilizing reclaimed / recycled materials to create functional benches that incorporate text. Informed by art history and pop culture, Danny First makes benches that are simultaneously utilitarian and ironic by instructing the viewer to “please wait to be seated.” Another bench pokes fun at the art world by stating it is “on hold for a bigger collector than you.” dannyfirstart.com


SIMONE GAD SEIJI SHISHI FU-DOG ACRYLIC AND GLITTER ON CANVAS 12 x 12

My FuDog paintings are part of my Chinatown facades and pagodas series, and are recent works focusing on the FuDog as mythical dragon cat/dog which protects and brings good luck to the old Chinese and Japanese buildings of Los Angeles. They are also part of my rescue pets and wildlife series. About the Artist I’ve been exhibiting in museums and galleries for over 44 years, including my 4th solo exhibition I just completed at L2kontemporary Gallery in Chinatown. I am also a Getty Sponsored Pacific Standard Time artist and included in Lyn Kienholz’s encyclopedia; L.A.Rising/So Cal Artists Before 1980. My works are self-taught paintings and collages on paper and canvas. www.l2kontemporary.com to view my solo exhibition for January 5 thru February 9, 2013


SIMONE GAD ANTIQUE FU-DOG ACRYLIC AND GLITTER ON CANVAS 14 x 12

My FuDog paintings are part of my Chinatown facades and pagodas series, and are recent works focusing on the FuDog as mythical dragon cat/dog which protects and brings good luck to the old Chinese and Japanese buildings of Los Angeles. They are also part of my rescue pets and wildlife series. About the Artist I’ve been exhibiting in museums and galleries for over 44 years, including my 4th solo exhibition I just completed at L2kontemporary Gallery in Chinatown. I am also a Getty Sponsored Pacific Standard Time artist and included in Lyn Kienholz’s encyclopedia; L.A.Rising/So Cal Artists Before 1980. My works are self-taught paintings and collages on paper and canvas. www.l2kontemporary.com to view my solo exhibition for January 5 thru February 9, 2013


MATT HANOVER HEARTS AFIRE ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 24 x 36 As I stood before this canvas I sought to clear my mind, so I started by painting it completely black. Then I closed my eyes to ground myself further and see what idea came to mind. I had recently read a quote while doing research for a school project by a late missionary named Amy Carmichael:, “You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving.� I grabbed a tube of red paint, took a deep breath and jumped in. About the Artist Matt Hanover started painting 25 years ago as a way to relax and get out of his head from his work negotiating contracts for television marketing and distribution. His love of color and the desire to work outside the lines, Matt chose abstract expressionism as his form. This decision gave Matt the freedom to explore colors, textures and forms across a wide range of subjects and styles. His influences include the works of Rothko, de Kooning, Hofman and Richter. This is the first time Matt is showing his work.


MICHAEL KALISH POP CURRENCY LICENSE PLATES, PAINTED WOOD, ALUMINUM 22 x 22

About the Artist Kalish’s passion led him to New York, where he worked to create a pop icon collection featuring sculptures of The Beatles, Albert Einstein, Uncle Sam, Jimi Hendrix and David Letterman, to name a few. The subjects of Kalish’s work reference a broad sampling of American culture, from the all-American pastime of baseball to portraits of popular, political and cultural icons. His signature medium, the license plate, embraces his ideal of Americana with his own contemporary sophistication, curiosity and distinctive style. Kalish is now based in Los Angeles. michaelkalish.com


JESSE KALISHER HENNA HANDS FINE ART GICLEE ON MUSEUM GRADE FIBER PAPER 23 x 28.5 This is one of my favorite images… I captured this at the foot of the Taj Mahal in March, 2002. I am attracted equally to stories, ideas and aesthetic. The challenge I set for myself is to find moments and create pictures that stimulate the viewer on more than one level. A great photograph (for me) is one in which both the aesthetic and the meaning fight equally for our attention. It’s easy to create a pretty picture. It’s easy to create a photograph with a meaningful story. But create a picture that has both elements and you’ve got a treasure. These images are rare and difficult to make, and thus my most treasured achievement. In this age of created and manipulated images, I also believe in the camera as a vehicle for capturing what actually exists in life, as a window into human achievement and the human condition. I see my role, therefore, as an observer. If I manage to capture something with my camera that strikes a chord in others, one that perhaps amuses or enlightens, or even accomplishes both at once, then I have succeeded at something wonderful. About the Artist At 33, Jesse walked away from a successful career in advertising to pursue a life of travel and creativity. Today, Jess is a critically acclaimed photographer whose work resides in museums around the world, from the Louvre to The Smithsonian, the George Eastman House and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston to name but a few. Jesse also leads photo expeditions around the world, from French Polynesia to Europe. His work has been featured in innumerable magazines and is sponsored by Nikkon, Lexar, Lowepro and Adobe. “I’m fascinated by the world we live in and am lucky to photograph it,” Jesse says. kalisher.com


SASHA KARLOVA UNTITLED MIXED MEDIA 14 x 17 This Art piece is very dear to my heart. It has been in progress for several years. I originally drew a large version of the tree in 2007 and later transformed in into a smaller print. I cut it out not knowing what do do with it. My inspiration for this completed piece came from the book The Giving Tree. About the Artist Sasha Karlova was born in Moscow, Russia. Her father worked as an artist so she was inspired form a very young age. After moving to the U.S. at the age of six her parents enrolled her in private art lessons. She continued studying art while attending Fairfax Visual Arts Magnet by taking classes at Pasadena Art Center and attending art workshops on her free time. She majored in Art at UCSB where she participated in several group art shows and was head curator of the 2009 Undergraduate Art Show in which she also exhibited her work. Sasha has been a yearly muralist at the Pasadena Calk Festival since 2005 and interned with the Light Bringer Project, a non-profit arts organization. She participated in the CreativeLA art Show at Bergamot Station in 2011 and exhibits her work whenever she gets a chance. Her inspirations stems from life experiences, her surroundings, and observations.


DANIELE MATALON MEDITATION STONE CASTING, BLACK MARBLE 17 high

About the Artist Daniele Matalon is a citizen of the world. She was born in France, near Italy, and grew up exposed to the Italian and French masters’ works all around her. While later making Paris her home, she traveled extensively in Tuscany, the Cradle of the Renaissance. It is not surprising, then, while presently living in Southern California, she has turned her energies to painting and sculpture, drawing upon her formative years in Europe as well as the sights and sounds of the world she has explored during the last 20 years. She is just at home sculpting the Masai people of Africa as she is depicting subjects from other lands she has come to know and love. One can say that the world and all its peoples are her palette. Her work with Man, with Woman, really distinguishes her representation of the human form in all its sensuality. These sculptures are at home with us in the garden as well as indoors, surrounding us with their sentient presence. danielematalon.com


JAN McCARTHY GIVING LIGHT ACRYLIC 24 x 18 Darkness covers the light and then GIVES way for light to cover the dark. About the Artist Jan McCarthy has always loved ART and after many years of appreciating art and enjoying from afar, Jan took up painting to share her love and help bring to view, the abstracts part of life. Each piece that she paints is inspired by real life visuals, infused with multiple layers of varying materials to create texture and possibility. Jan’s signature style of intuitive painting includes rich colors in mostly shades of blues and greens or a blend of whites and beige to create a calm escape and thoughtful reflection.


BURTON MORRIS PEACE HEART LITHOGRAPH- SIGNED BY ARTIST/ AP2/20 24.5 x 27.5 The Peace Heart image is based on the theme of “Love around the world”. About the Artist Burton Morris was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1964. He earned his bachelor of fine arts degree at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986. After graduation, Burton started a career as an art director in advertising. The Artist established the Burton Morris Studios in 1990. That year he began making his small post-pop icons into large-scale paintings. He would choose one subject per composition to create what he calls “an instant happening” for the viewer. He used his background in commercial advertising to blur the lines between high and low art. In 1992, Absolut Vodka selected his artwork to represent Pennsylvania for its prestigious Absolut Statehood campaign. During that same year, his paintings began to hang on the hit NBC television sitcom Friends. Over the years Morris has exhibited his work in many venues internationally. Among them are forty-two paintings and drawings that were shown at the auction gallery Sotheby’s in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The International Olympic Committee selected the Artist to produce thirty-six triumphant paintings on the spirit of the Olympic Game which exhibited at the International Olympic Museum in Lausanne, Switzerland, during the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Morris’ work burst onto the American stage and was given worldwide exposure in 2004 when he produced signature images for the 76th annual Academy Awards. The artwork enlivened the façade of the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, CA and was seen internationally by over one billion viewers. The Artist also has produced signature artwork for FIFA World Cup Soccer, The United Nations, the 38th Montreux Jazz Festival, and Major League Baseball’s 2006 All-Star Game to name a few. Original artworks have been commissioned for corporations and institutions such as H.J. Heinz, Absolut Vodka, Chanel Corporation, Warner Brothers, Perrier, AT&T, Kellogg’s Corporation and the U.S. State Department. In addition, his artwork has helped to raise millions of dollars for charities worldwide. Morris’ artwork is featured in the collections of The Albright Knox Museum, The Jimmy Carter Center, The Elysee Museum, The United Nations, The World of Coca Cola Museum and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Private collectors range from presidents, dignitaries, celebrities and corporate leaders worldwide. The Artist maintains a studio in Los Angeles, California. burtonmorris.com


SORAYA SARAH NAZARIAN ABSTRACT WOMAN MARBLE ON GRANITE BASE 30 x 7 x 3 Soraya Sarah Nazarian’s marble sculpture entitled Abstract Woman reflects the Art of Giving in highlighting the role of women. The profile of a female torso emerges from the delicate stone surface. Here, the artist pays homage to the many ways in which women exemplify the quintessential symbol of giving: be it as mother, sister, friend or wife. Often it is the matriarch who is the solid rock that steadies a family. Jewish tradition teaches us to honor women each Shabbat. For centuries, it has been customary for the husband to sing Eshet Chayil (A Woman of Valor) hymn to his wife. Its lyrics are attributed to King Solomon. Likewise, according to the Aggadic Midrashim, Abraham originally spoke this poem for Sarah as a eulogy. The stone and granite base allude to the ultimate primordial nurturer, Mother Nature. As an extension of the earth itself, this stone makes a statement about the close bond between woman, earth, and therefore, god. About the Artist Soraya Sarah Nazarian is an Iranian-born, Los Angeles-based artist who, in her 25-year career, has become a master in direct carving in stone. In the 1980s, she began sculpting in the studios of the American Jewish University (formerly the University of Judaism) and later established her own studio. Her work is distinguished by two major periods: a time of discovery and experimentation in the 1980s-1990s and a period of artistic self-confidence marked by the creation of large-scale works beginning in 2000. Mrs. Nazarian’s work is held in numerous collections and focuses on themes of family, nature, spirituality and Iranian culture. sorayasarahnazarian.com


MICHELE O’MARAH UNTITLED C-PRINT 22 x 24.5 About the Artist As an artist, my primary interest lines in an examination of pop culture. My work is project oriented and takes many forms but centers on video production. Source material is frequently appropriated from television and film. I use familiar clichés and tropes commonly presented by mass media as a means of introducing a discourse about the larger socio-political sub texts present in popular narratives. I shoot entirely in my studio, on sets of my own construction. Through out the production process I make many smaller works that are either included in the videos as props, sets or costumes or are derived from the same subject matter. These works take many forms including drawings, photography, sculpture and collage. All of these pieces are presented along side of the video to create an immersive final installation. The cumulative effect serves to reinforce the handmade quality of the video, which underscores the construction of the image and subsequently its underlying meaning. My work uses humor and satire as a means of addressing serious political issues. In particular I am interested definitions of beauty and romantic love, issues of wealth and poverty and rebellion against the norm. Recent projects include, Blow Me!, about infamous British fashion icon, Isabella Blow, a true original in the annals of style, she ended up taking her own life due in part to a fear of not having enough money to maintain the lavish lifestyle she felt was essential to everyday life. Other past works include Valley Girl, a teen romance whose main theme is the importance of self-integrity and A Girl’s Got To Do What A Girl’s To Do, based on Pamela Anderson’s movie of the early 90’s Barb Wire. This exhibition featured three videos, each of which depicts a sexual scene in the film, by hiring a diverse range of actresses to fill Anderson’s stilettoes, my intention was to offer a variety of interpretations on the narrow vision of the idealized female body.


STEVE PARENT WHAT A WONDERFUL WORLD DUCT TAPE 30 x 24 “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” - Maya Angelou For half a century, Louis Armstrong shared his gift of music with the world. Fondly known as Satchmo or Pops, he grew up in a poor family in New Orleans, but played trumpet and sang his way into the hearts of music lovers of all ages with his musical virtuosity and charismatic showmanship. What A Wonderful World is a 3-layer duct tape carving best viewed from a few paces back. It is a tribute to one of the greatest jazz masters, Louis Armstrong, who continues to give us joy with his hit recordings such as What a Wonderful World, Hello Dollie, Mack The Knife, St. Louis Blues, and dozens more. About the Artist Steve Parent is a Los Angeles based mixed media artist. Working with ordinary materials such as tape and paper, his work involves designing a compelling image suitable for his medium of choice, and the challenging satisfaction of creating a work of art with materials often ill-suited for delicate manipulation. Up close, a viewer can appreciate the detail in Steve’s work. From a few steps back, the work conveys a lasting image.


HANOCH PIVEN GOLDA MEIR GICLEE PRINTS OF COLLAGES 33.5 x 26

About the Artist The colorful and witty illustrations of Israeli illustrator Hanoch Piven have appeared throughout the last 20 years on both sides of the Atlantic: in most major American magazines and newspapers such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and in many European publications from The London Times to the Swiss Die WeltWoche. Since 2003, Piven has been conducting workshops acrossthe globe. These workshops apply the principles of Piven’s collage technique, prompting children and adults to experiment with common everyday objects to create their own works of art. Apart from being an easy and fun way to create art, the workshops have been embraced by educators, art therapists and management consultants as an efficient tool for raising psychological issues to the surface through play and creativity. In Israel, Piven has gained great visibility due to his long time collaboration with the daily Haaretz and through his TV show on the pre-K channel HOP TV. His method has been implemented in many kindergartens in Israel as a means to teach children to create collages. pivenworld.com


DARRYL POTTORF AMONGST US GICLEE, ACRYLIC AND GRAPHITE ON ARCHES COVER PAPER 140LBS COLDPRESS, COATED WITH POLYMER VARNISH UVLS GLOSS 52 x 36.5 We the Artists and Patrons recognize the unique significance of the Zimmer Museum. About the Artist Darryl Pottorf, having worked and collaborated with Robert Rauschenberg for over 25 years, has been hailed for his own work by important museum curators and directors throughout the world. Walter Hopps has called the “Quattro Mani” series the most significant collaborations of Rauschenberg’s career. Pottorf’s most recent Museum Exhibition was at Institute D’Art Moden in Valencia, Spain, curated by noted art historian Barbara Rose. Collections include the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY), The National Gallery (Washington, DC), the Library of Congress (Washington DC), and the Leo Castelli Gallery at Brenau University. Pottorf currently resides in his Captiva Island, Florida studio commuting back and forth to New York, Los Angeles, and Europe. darrylpottorf.com

In recognition of his loyalty and commitment to the Zimmer Children’s Museum and youTHink, Darryl has created a special limited edition of 50 “Amongst Us” giclee prints for the Zimmer.


SYNTHIA SAINT JAMES MY GRANDFATHER ORIGINAL ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 12 x 12.5 Original painting from the children’s picture book Enduring Wisdom by Virginia Driving Hawk Sneve with paintings by Synthia SAINT JAMES. “In creating art I get to share my pure physical and visual impression in various forms. I’m simultaneously rejuvenated both spiritually and emotionally. Art, for me, is a very precious gift from above and within, that I humbly receive and gratefully nurture.” About the Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, a award winning author and or illustrator of 17 children’s books, and author of a autobiographical art marketing book, 3 poetry books, a book of affirmations, and a cookbook. She is also a popular speaker and architectural designer who has garnered numerous awards over her forty plus year career, including the prestigious Trumpet Award, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Saint Augustine’s University (where the Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Art Institute is located), the Women Who Dared Award, and a recent recipient of ACColades: A Salute to Women Who Inspire Us Award. Her autobiographical book Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing was nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional, and it has already been utilized as a learning tool in universities. She is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the United States Postal Service in 1997, for which she received a History Maker Award, and for the international cover art for Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale. Included in her most celebrated collectors are Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., Alice Walker, Glynn Turman, Brenda Russell and Jenifer Lewis. Recent awards created by Synthia SAINT JAMES include the Mosaic Woman Award, one of which was presented to Dr. Maya Angelou (“Mosaic Woman Legend Award”) in 2010. The second award was created especially for His Excellency Nelson Mandela. The Lifetime Achievement Award from Africare was accepted for him by his daughter and grandson on November 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. Dr. Synthia SAINT JAMES is currently booking speaking engagements, master classes and exhibitions for her 2013-2014 tour, which includes colleges, universities and other venues nationwide. synthiasaintjames.com


SYNTHIA SAINT JAMES JUHUDI & THE HIPPOS ORIGINAL ACRYLIC ON CANVAS 13 x 24 Original painting from the children’s picture book To Dinner For Dinner written by Tololwa M. Mollel with paintings by Synthia SAINT JAMES. “In creating art I get to share my pure physical and visual impression in various forms. I’m simultaneously rejuvenated both spiritually and emotionally. Art, for me, is a very precious gift from above and within, that I humbly receive and gratefully nurture.” About the Artist Synthia SAINT JAMES is a world renowned multicultural visual artist, a award winning author and or illustrator of 17 children’s books, and author of a autobiographical art marketing book, 3 poetry books, a book of affirmations, and a cookbook. She is also a popular speaker and architectural designer who has garnered numerous awards over her forty plus year career, including the prestigious Trumpet Award, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Saint Augustine’s University (where the Synthia SAINT JAMES Fine Art Institute is located), the Women Who Dared Award, and a recent recipient of ACColades: A Salute to Women Who Inspire Us Award. Her autobiographical book Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing was nominated for the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work-Instructional, and it has already been utilized as a learning tool in universities. She is most celebrated for designing the first Kwanzaa Stamp for the United States Postal Service in 1997, for which she received a History Maker Award, and for the international cover art for Terry McMillan’s book Waiting to Exhale. Included in her most celebrated collectors are Johnnie L. Cochran, Jr., Alice Walker, Glynn Turman, Brenda Russell and Jenifer Lewis. Recent awards created by Synthia SAINT JAMES include the Mosaic Woman Award, one of which was presented to Dr. Maya Angelou (“Mosaic Woman Legend Award”) in 2010. The second award was created especially for His Excellency Nelson Mandela. The Lifetime Achievement Award from Africare was accepted for him by his daughter and grandson on November 5, 2010 in Washington, DC. Dr. Synthia SAINT JAMES is currently booking speaking engagements, master classes and exhibitions for her 2013-2014 tour, which includes colleges, universities and other venues nationwide. synthiasaintjames.com


ADI SIDLER TZEDAKAH BOXES METAL Tzedakah is the Hebrew word that is derived from the root Tzedek, which means justice. Tzedakah is most often translated as charity, but it more fully means “acts that pursue justice.” When one gives, one can give money, one can give time, and one can give of one’s own self. All are tzedakah and help in the pursuit of justice. About the Artist Adi graduated with honors of the “Bezalel” Art Academy, Jerusalem. He received several prestigious scholarships. In his unique designs, the artist combines metals and other materials in modern and minimalistic creation and art work.


LEE SILTON LOS MANOS WOOD 24 x 24 Las Manos means “the hands” in Spanish. Hands symbolize the act of giving to one’s community, to one’s friends and to one’s self. About the Artist Los Angeles artist, Lee Silton, is always absorbing the remarkable shapes, sounds, colors and textures of the world around her, by creating wood assemblage for the past two decades. Lee was educated at Boston Museum Fine Art School and Northeastern University. She studied with American impressionist painter Henry Hensche of Provincetown, MA, as well as Steven Trefonodes and Moe Com of Brookline, MA. Silton spearheaded “Breaking the Glass Ceiling,” a collaboration of women artists’ work in Florida. She also contributed to gallery art exhibits at Northwood University in Palm Beach, FL; De Cordova Museum in Lexington, MA. Silton’s work has been collected internationally. She is represented by galleries in Florida, Boston, Scottsdale, Santa Fe and Los Angeles. Her work evolves continuously. leesiltonartstudio.com


STANLEY SILVER SONRISA OIL ON CANVAS 24 x 48 A smile is the easiest, most natural thing a person can give freely to others. A smile can go a long way and make a positive impact on those around you. I used an abstract background and incorporated various versions of smiley faces and incorporated different languages to show that a smile is universal and crosses all boundaries. About the Artist Growing up in Hollywood, artist Stanley Silver became fascinated at an early age with musicians, athletes, celebrities and American landmarks. Today Silver interprets his vision of these iconic figures through his use of watercolor and oil paints bringing them to life in a unique and unconventional way. Silver’s work celebrates fame and celebrity through a unique mixture of contemporary and abstract styles. He captures the magnitude of personality in each of his subjects while including subtle details in his pieces that only a trained eye can discover, giving the piece a deeper meaning than what appears at its surface. While his recognizable images receive attention from various fans, Silver’s abstract pieces such as his drip paintings and shadow series have been captivating the attention of art aficionados and tastemakers. Silver’s art has been exhibited in prominent galleries and museums throughout the United States. His work has also been selected as the “official art” for many prestigious sporting events including the Major League Baseball World Series and All-Star Game as well as the New York Marathon. Hollywood has embraced Silver’s art for years. Most recently, Silver’s art captured the attention of the set decorator, cast and crew of the hit TV show, Entourage. Silver’s pieces appear throughout the final season of the show. stanleysilver.com


RODERICK STEVENS AMERICAN SUITCASE TEXTILES, FOUND OBJECTS, WOOD, RUBBER, ACRYLIC 26 x 32 x 10 Lest we forget, our most treasured gifts are often those given us from the people of our past. Rather than using a specific style of mixed-media to explore an assortment of subjects, I decided to pursue one, singular, familiar and powerful icon with a variety of artistic formats. One of my favorites has been the idea of clothing laid out in a suitcase in such a fashion that we instantly recognize the image. Like most cultures, our fellow Americans oft have a close, personal relationship with their citizenship which this piece boldly places in front of us, reminding us of the gift of freedom that our country’s founding fathers imparted upon us. About the Artist From the time of early boyhood, I have been intrigued with art in all forms. My first set of oils was handed to me at the age of seven and my love for painting was promptly born. Early in my career, film making grabbed my attention and cinematography became my focus, nudging painting to the status of an occasional hobby for many years. My work directing the photography of numerous indie films, shorts, and music videos continued to grow, but my emotional and spiritual sense remained quite out of balance. Then some significant personal turmoil in 2004 helped me realize that I needed to re-evaluate. One of my very first steps was to get myself back into something that I enjoyed. I forced myself to pick up the brush. By the time I finished the first piece, I remembered how much pleasure I felt from painting, and my passion was officially re-kindled! From that day forward I began painting again at every opportunity. I started entering juried art shows and winning awards - and have been having the time of my life ever since! My paintings embrace the challenges of refractions and reflections. Since I am also a cinematographer, it’s no surprise that I continue to adore artifacts of photography, and include them in my paintings, such as shallow depth of field, and motion blur. These limitations cannot be seen by the naked eye, but are rather only captured in photography – or in my paintings! In my search for a spiritual relationship, I came to recognize that a power greater than I had a hand on my brush as well and I feel incredible gratitude for this gift, which I am compelled to share with the world around me, preferably to the benefit of others and not just to my mortgage. I create in my desert home in Arizona that my two children and I built ourselves. restevensart.com


LISA SWERLING WAITING FOR INSPIRATION 3D MIXED MEDIA 8 x 12 About the Artist Lisa Swerling’s path to becoming an artist has been unconventional. She studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford (1994), then took a detour to study art at St. Martins College in London (1995). In 2006, she set up an art exhibition and the Glass Cathedrals concept was born. Glass Cathedrals are glass-fronted boxes housing miniature scenes. There’s something about the scale of these universes that makes their pursuits by turns heroic, tragic, humorous, wistful. Lisa Swerling’s magical boxes have taken the world by storm and have been the unexpected runaway success story at international art fairs. glasscathedrals.com


ADELE SYPESTEYN THE ART OF GIVING MIXED MEDIA 24 x 24 This piece shows that giving is an emotional response from both the giver and the receiver. Two sides join to create unity and togetherness. The complementary blue and orange colors represent this vibrancy and brightness of an offer and an acceptance. About the Artist Adele Sypesteyn is a Los Angeles artist whose architecturally influenced work is distinguished by multiple layers of texture, color, and pattern. She draws inspiration from her surroundings, particularly weathered walls and elements of nature. Her abstract art combines warm textures with aged patinas and writings, and utilizes her unique technique developed over three decades as a practicing artist. Over the past 20 years, Adele has called New Orleans, Seattle and Los Angeles home, working as a full-time artist. Adele obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history with a studio minor from Newcomb College in New Orleans. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans. Adele’s work had been displayed in galleries across the country. She has also been featured in world-class magazines, including Veranda and House Beautiful, and her work has adorned the walls of prestigious enterprises such as Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue. Her giclée prints are represented in Ballard Design catalog and on their online website. sypesteynart.com


ADELE SYPESTEYN THE POWER OF GIVING MIXED MEDIA 24 x 24 This work displays the joy of giving. There is happiness and connectedness which can be seen represented with the blue line across the top of the painting. Giving and receiving is a dual effect which is symbolized by the two bright blue zones connected by the word “give.” About the Artist Adele Sypesteyn is a Los Angeles artist whose architecturally influenced work is distinguished by multiple layers of texture, color, and pattern. She draws inspiration from her surroundings, particularly weathered walls and elements of nature. Her abstract art combines warm textures with aged patinas and writings, and utilizes her unique technique developed over three decades as a practicing artist. Over the past 20 years, Adele has called New Orleans, Seattle and Los Angeles home, working as a full-time artist. Adele obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in art history with a studio minor from Newcomb College in New Orleans. She also holds a Master’s degree in social work from Tulane University in New Orleans. Adele’s work had been displayed in galleries across the country. She has also been featured in world-class magazines, including Veranda and House Beautiful, and her work has adorned the walls of prestigious enterprises such as Neiman Marcus and Saks 5th Avenue. Her giclée prints are represented in Ballard Design catalog and on their online website. sypesteynart.com


MOYE THOMPSON GET/GIVE STONEWARE 16 x 21 x 12 When I heard the theme of the show, these words from Winston Churchill immediately came to mind. But I didn’t want to make a simple billboard of the quote, poignant but static. Instead, I wanted the piece itself to echo Churchill’s words, guardedly drawing in the “get” and generously offering up the “give.” About the Artist Moye Thompson lives and works in Santa Monica Canyon. She always tries to give at least a little more than she gets. moyeceramics.com


BELINDA VONG patience THREAD ON PAPER 31 x 42.5 About the Artist Belinda Vong creates art that merges drawing, painting, and sculpture with thread and paper. Belinda combines the practice of domestic and labor-intensive tasks to create work that questions the history of these activities, the positioning of womyn and labor in society, and the placement of “craft� art in the contemporary art world. Her work also embodies a meditative rhythm of repetition through process and execution. www.etsy.com/shop/bybelinda


RUTH WEISBERG CREATION MONOTYPE 12 x 17 This new monotype ‘Creation’ is an attempt to imagine the origins of giving in the creation story. It relates closely to my large stained glass window that was recently installed at the new Catholic Church adjacent to the USC campus. My inclusion was a real demonstration of an ecumenical desire to reach out to the larger community. The image takes as its inspiration the second day of Creation as it is described in the Bereshit portion of the Torah. To me it is the most fundamental act of giving. About the Artist Ruth Weisberg is an Artist and Professor of Fine Arts at the University of Southern California. Weisberg works primarily in painting, drawing and large-scale installations. Honors include Doctor of Humane Letters, honor causa, Hebrew Union College, 2001, College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art Award 1999, Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome 2011,1995, 1994, and 1992, and the National Endowment for the Humanities Seminar in 1994. Weisberg has been a particularly active exhibitor with over 75 solo and 175 group exhibitions. Most recently a solo exhibition at the Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena and a retrospective exhibition “Ruth Weisberg Unfurled” at the Skirball Museum, Los Angeles. Her work is included in 60 major Museum and University collections including the Fine Arts Museum, San Francisco, California; The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois; The Biblioteque Nationale of France, Paris, France; Istituto Nationale per la Grafica, Rome, Italy; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, California; The Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; The National Gallery, Washington, D.C. and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.


LEAH DANBERG & MERRILL MORRISON SMALL TREASURES KNOTTING: WAXED LINEN THREAD, NYLON THREAD, COTTON THREAD There are many ways to give and many reasons for giving. For “The Art of Giving” we, as artists, created four small handmade treasures -- gifts of art to the Zimmer Museum. They represent not only the many hours it took to make them, but also the creative spirit that inspired them. They express our appreciation and support of the youTHink program, one of the many important ways the museum gives to the community. The four pieces are: Small Treasure I – heart Small Treasure II – yellow Small Treasure III – lavender Small Treasure IV -- blue Each piece took at least 40 hours to create. About the Artists Leah Danberg and Merrill Morrison are members of whyKnot in L.A., which is currently comprised of eight active artists who have been meeting regularly for over twenty years. The focus of the group is a fiber technique known as knotting, a contemporary approach to an ancient method of tying. The widely published group has frequently been invited to create collaborations for exhibit. And their work can be found in major collections and museums.


Photo: Bernard Wolf


Thank You Event Committee

Carrie Lieberman, Chair Andrea Corsun, Diana Kaufman, Jennifer Kumin, Lynne Lainer, Nancy Larrew, Stacy Palbaum, Robin Sipkins, & Devon Susholtz

Event Sponsors

Maxine & Arthur Barens, Anita Hirsh, Allison Wright & Andy Kaplan, Toby & Michael Kumin, Nathalie & Doug Kunin, Aliza & Mike Lesser, Carrie & Marc Lieberman, Jeannette & Mervyn Mandelbaum, Shula Nazarian, Terri & Michael Smooke, Devon Susholtz & Stephen Purvis, Trader Joe’s, Wilprint

Photography Susan Einstein

Art Installation Tom Fitzpatrick

Logo Design

Mark Feldman


“You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.� Kahlil Gibran


Board of Directors Andy Kaplan, Chair Jean Friedman, Founding Chair David Straus, Vice Chair Deborah Dragon, Secretary Aryeh Goldberg, Treasurer Susan Amster . Kevin Beggs . Allison Berg . Jennifer Cohen . Stephen J. Davis . Barbara Fisher Rodney Freeman . Beth Friedman . Jenna Grosfeld . Matt Hanover . David Levine . Carrie Lieberman Dick Lippin . Andy Meyers . Jeremy Mittman . Courtney Mizel . Betsy Newman . Dana Pachulski Benyamin Ross . Richard A. Smith . Jeffrey P. Straus . Fernando Szew . Sheryl Wachtel . Jennifer Wooster

Women’s Leadership Council Shirin Yadegar, Chair . Allison Berg, Founding Chair Erees Beyda . Heather Braun . Jasmine Danielpour . Heather Ezer . Tracy Forester . Elizabeth Goldhirsh-Yellin Jenna Grosfeld . Denine Jordan . Dana Kaufman . Sheila Kharrazi . Gretchen Klein . Lisa Brown Leopold Nazila Levy, Esq. . Maryam Lieberman . Sharon Meron . Orit Mesica . Hillary Milken . Heidi Monkarsh Sabina Nathanson . Sheila Nazarian . Atoosa Nehorai . Elana Parver . Talia Rimokh . Neda Shamie Kelly Sloan . Amy Straus . Nadina Szew . Shari Weiner . Leah Yari

President’s Advisory Board Dan Adler . Tom Barad . Adele & Gordon Binder . Stanley Black . Bruce Corwin . Bram Goldsmith Arthur Hiller . Mark Itkin . Wendy Moss Klein . Gary E. Knell . Barbara Lazaroff . Norman Lear Gloria Lushing . Jeanne Newman . Annette Shapiro . Jeff Wachtel . Harold Williams . Bud Yorkin . Richard S. Ziman

Zimmer Children’s Museum 6505 Wilshire Boulevard #100 Los Angeles, CA 90048 www.zimmermuseum.org . www.youthink.org

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